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Arrest made in 10-year-old murder
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An arrest has been made in a 10-year-old murder case.

Marty Lynn Judd, 51, was arrested Friday morning and charged with criminal homicide in the death of Rebecca Mooneyham. Judd was also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

Mooneyham, 46, was shot through her front window as she slept in her living room on Aug. 28, 2009. It happened around 11:30 p.m. at her home on Lawson Mill Road, not far from its intersection with Viola Road.

Mooneyham’s husband and two children were asleep in other parts of the house. They reported hearing a car speed off immediately after a shot was fired.

The arrest was made after new information was obtained about two weeks ago. A search was conducted at Judd’s home, also located on Lawson Mill Road, and evidence was collected related to the homicide investigation.

District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis said she can’t discuss many details at this point but said the shooting was not random and investigators have a motive.

“They knew each other,” said Zavogiannis. “They were not next-door neighbors but they were neighbors.”

The case puzzled investigators for years as law enforcement officials wondered why anyone would want to shoot Mooneyham, a Sunday school teacher. 

Everyone interviewed about the murder only had good things to say about her, investigators said.

Zavogiannis said an “innocuous tip” was reported about two weeks ago from an angle that had not been pursued before.

“It’s not anything we had considered, but you have to check out every lead,” said Zavogiannis. “The moral is you just never give up. It is very rewarding for us to finally have an arrest, but it was even better to deliver the news to the family. We’ve been very focused on this case over the past two weeks and there’s no telling how many man hours have been spent over the years.”

Judd remains in custody at Warren County Jail under a $2.075 million bond. He is set to appear in court Oct. 29.